If you've been diagnosed with scoliosis, you may need to analyse certain things that you've never really thought about before. Posture is a great example - do you slouch when you're sitting down? Are you putting excessive pressure on some areas of your body? Do you find yourself suddenly sitting up straight as you're reading this?
Posture is very important regardless of whether you're standing or sitting, but since the average person in the UK spends 9 hours a day sitting down, it may be particularly important to assess your current sit-uation and identify the best sitting position for your scoliosis.
Though your curved spine may make it somewhat difficult to maintain a good sitting position, a few slight adjustments could do you a world of good. Bad posture can expend your energy more quickly than a good posture, so it is better for your health overall if you know the best way to sit.
What is the best sitting position for scoliosis?
The best way to sit if you have scoliosis is by trying to sit back into your chair while keeping your back straight. The weight should be spread out across your buttocks and thighs. Try to stop the pelvis from tilting forwards or backwards by not sitting too far forward in your chair.
It is advised to try and keep your knees lower than your hips and your feet flat on the floor. Try to avoid crossing your legs, as this stops you aligning your body properly and can lead to lower back pain, If possible, try to move frequently, as staying still for too long can make your muscles feel tight and tense.
There are many chairs which can help support your back and improve your sitting position with scoliosis. An ergonomic chair is best for your health. If you do not have one of these, support cushions for the lower back can also help.
Desk exercises for scoliosis patients
If you are one of the many people who spend the working day sitting at a desk, desk exercises are a great way to help relieve any tension. These exercises are especially important if you have scoliosis, as a bad posture for a prolonged period can cause more issues in the future.
Here's a simple desk exercise to help with your sitting position. This should be repeated at 30-minute intervals:
- As shown above, a thoracic extension involves sitting forwards in your seat, bending your knees 90 degrees and placing your feet flat on the floor.
- Next, place the places of your hand and half of your forearm under your desk with your elbows bent at 90 degrees.
- Then apply pressure on the desk, while extending your back and rocking for pelvis forward.
- Elongate your neck and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
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